Ornament with the bust of Saturn

Imperial Period
2nd-3rd century A.D.


Height with base: 5.3 cm (2 1/16 in.)

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On View

Anne and Blake Ireland Gallery (Gallery 210A)


The Ancient World



Fragment from a larger statuette of Fortuna.
Saturn emerges from a cluster of three acanthus leaves; he has has a heavy, curly beard and mane of hair, his mantel is pulled over his head, and he holds a pruning hook or sickle.
Below is a base composed of two robust torus moldings. From the bottom of the rear half of the base projects a rectangular blade, presumably for fastening the object in a support. It probably once fit atop a figure of Fortuna as part of an elaborate headdress adorned with the set of the gods of the days of the week.


By the early 1980s: with Robert Haber, 16 West 23rd Street, New York, N.Y. 10010; purchased from Robert Haber by Ariel Hamill Herrmann in the early 1980s; December 31, 2000: gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann to MFA; accessioned January 24, 2001

Credit Line

Gift of Ariel Hamill Herrmann